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Old 06-16-10, 10:59 PM   #1
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Angry Bad Smell coming from air conditioning

I just recently purchased a used Lexus IS 350 with 39k miles, prestine condition. I'm just noticing that when i have the a/c set with the air coming from the outside their is a foul smell coming out of the air ducts facing the driver. When the a/c is set with the air circulating inside the car i don't smell anything. Even when the a/c is turned off, and the air is set to come from outside, i can smell this foul odor, its hard to describe. I hope that after I change the cabin air filter, i wont have this problem. Has anyone had this problem??? I'll keep everyone updated. Sigh
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Old 06-16-10, 11:02 PM   #2
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turn up the heat
for 5-10mins and teh smell should be gone
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Old 06-16-10, 11:04 PM   #3
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After you change the filter, the smell will most likely go away but come back. It is from condensation that AC makes during a hot temperature which produces mold... There are a few threads regarding this and a quick fix by turning on the heater for a few minutes if you search for it! I think what I said is your problem
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After you change the filter, the smell will most likely go away but come back. It is from condensation that AC makes during a hot temperature which produces mold... There are a few threads regarding this and a quick fix by turning on the heater for a few minutes if you search for it! I think what I said is your problem
Thanks for the quick response, I live in the bay area which means I always have my A/C set to the lowest temp. I've read that the cabin air filter is sold at auto zone, so i will be doing that tomorrow. I will also turn up the heat on the way to work,
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You might have rats living in your AC ducts.
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Old 06-16-10, 11:31 PM   #6
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the helll... i said the heat thing too... and u quote him and not me ... *mad*
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Old 06-16-10, 11:32 PM   #7
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Old 06-16-10, 11:59 PM   #8
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the helll... i said the heat thing too... and u quote him and not me ... *mad*
My bad, you cant be too mad after all you do drive a lexus IS.
Nice car btw
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Old 06-17-10, 07:56 AM   #9
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turn up the heat
for 5-10mins and teh smell should be gone
what he said

are you happy now? lol jk
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Old 06-17-10, 08:24 AM   #10
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thanks to the hot *** heat the smell is back for me too.. annoying and disgusting
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Old 06-17-10, 08:45 AM   #11
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Isnt't there a button next to Auto in the Climate control that you can use to control the smell?
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Old 06-17-10, 09:19 AM   #12
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lol...now i understand why I get that bad shoe smell from car.....
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Old 06-17-10, 01:16 PM   #13
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theres a spray that the dealership have, its for the mold
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Does it smell like urine? That's probably the mold in your A/C evaporator unit that was caused by condensation / moisture build up.

The best way to avoid this is to shut-off your A/C unit 5 minutes before you park the car. I usually turn off A/C and let the fan run on outside air about 5 minutes of reaching my destination.

You can try to run the car on outside air for a while to clear up the smell and put it into windshield defog.

If your car is under warranty, try asking the dealer nicely to help clean your A/C. Some may do it and some won't...
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Old 06-17-10, 02:07 PM   #15
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Ahhh the good ol Lexus A/C smell
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